- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 24, 2002

His hairdresser knows
“Have you noticed recently that Bill Clinton is getting blonder than his wife?” Mike Bates of Tinley Park, Ill., writes to Inside the Beltway. “Does he or doesn’t he?”

Giving us Hill
Who these days isn’t talking about bias in the press?
Spurred on by public enthusiasm surrounding two new best-selling books on journalism ethics, “Coloring the News” by William McGowan, and “Bias” by former CBS News’ reporter Bernard Goldberg.
To summarize the latter best-seller, Mr. Goldberg, a 28-year-veteran of CBS until being forced off the air, charges that bias at the big-three network is so obvious and comes so naturally to media luminaries like Dan Rather, that “it’s hardly worth discussing anymore.”
Inside the Beltway might point out that at the ABC News bureau here in Washington, it wasn’t terribly long ago that a jumbo photograph of Bill Clinton stared down from a window overlooking DeSales Street and the posh Mayflower Hotel.
The giant Clinton photo faded away with the embattled commander in chief. But not to worry. Now in its place, prominently displayed just above the ABC News sign, is one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s more popular campaign placards: “Give ‘em Hill”

Anchors away
Poor old Peter, Tom, and Dan,
Hanging on as long as they can.
Replace those fossils
With three John Stossels.
Topple TV’s Taliban.

F.R. Duplantier

Take your pills
A sign posted on the back door of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America office on 16th Street NW in Washington ironically reads: “No Deliveries.”

Where’s Vanna?
The Claremont Institute’s sixth annual Lincoln Day Dinner is turning into somewhat of a Reagan affair.
The Feb. 12 gala at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, where the highly coveted 2002 Henry Salvatori Prize will be bestowed, features former Defense Secretary Caspar “Cap” Weinberger as the dinner chairman. Guest of honor and Savatori award recipient is former longtime Reagan aide-turned-Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III.
Not everybody in the spotlight, however, hails from the Reagan regime. Game-show guru Pat Sajak is on the Lincoln Day marquee as master of ceremonies. Still no word yet on his ravishing sidekick.

Clinton leftovers
The National Right to Work Committee is calling on President Bush to withdraw the pending nomination of Dennis Walsh, a Clinton recess appointee whose term expired last month, to sit on the National Labor Relations Board.
Mark Mix, senior vice president of the NRWC, says he is pleased that Mr. Bush, through his recent recess appointments, “is beginning to rein in the union-partisan NLRB. However, much more needs to be done to help employees who labor under forced unionism established by federal law.”
Mr. Walsh’s record advocating more compulsory unionism, Mr. Mix says, “flies in the face of the president’s professed support for right to work.”
The NRWC says Mr. Walsh “took the lead” in a number of key NLRB rulings that undermine the right of employees to refrain from supporting a union; among them, supporting a decision that non-union employees can be fired for refusing to wear union buttons or t-shirts at work and arguing that unions should be allowed to videotape workers’ vehicles and license plates “a tactic used to identify and potentially target non-striking workers for retaliation,” the NRWC charges.

Patent success
We had written yesterday that Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton is beaming because her department actually “paid for itself” in these tough economic times, collecting $11.3 billion in receipts during 2001 almost $1 billion more than its annual budget of $10.4 billion.
The Interior Department, all told, raised more money than all but one federal agency, the Treasury Department, which benefits from the money-collecting capabilities of its Internal Revenue Service.
Enter now Alex Brackett, a registered patent lawyer here in town, who alerts us to the fact that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has “paid for itself” for quite some time.
“In fact, for many years the USPTO was very proud of the fact that the user fees they collected outstripped their costs,” says Mr. Brackett. “Trouble is, the Clinton administration figured this out and diverted user fees from the USPTO to pay for other items in the federal budget.
“Another example of bloated bureaucracy messing with success,” he sighs.

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